LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Six acts competed in the UK national final tonight. Eurovision: You Decide 2016 hosted by Mel Giedroyc at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London with Katrina (UK 1997 winner) and Måns (Sweden 2015 winner). Joe & Jake won the national final and they will fly the flag in Stockholm. They will sing “You’re Not Alone” for the United Kingdom.
|You’re not alone||Joe and Jake|
|Shine a little light||Bianca|
|When you go||Dulcima|
|A better man||Matthew James|
|Miracle||Karl William Lund|
Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft met during the 2015 series of The Voice UK. Jake was part of team will.i.am but lost out at the Battle rounds, whereas Joe was a finalist for Rita Ora’s team. Jake aged 20 is from Stoke-on-Trent, whilst Joe aged 21 is from Ruthin, Wales. Since the show the two became firm friends and decided to pair up in order to enter Eurovision: You Decide. We loved last year’s Eurovision winner (Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes), it just really worked. Joe said, “if we can represent Great Britain, that’s massive for us. Singing You’re Not Alone, we’re trying to get the message across that we are together and unified as an act. We’re very similar and the more time we spend with each other the more we get on.” On their friendship Jake says “Joe is genuine, generous…. he’ll put anyone else before himself, and he’s funny.” While Joe says “Jake is driven, genuine and honest. If I mess up he’ll tell me straight! The Voice experience brought us together as friends and we’re looking at our careers differently now we’re working with one another.”